The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) will tighten fire prevention rules starting June 19 in northwestern Oregon, including the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests, and private lands in the Northwest Oregon Forest Protective Association.
“In order to keep communities safe and avoid wildfire risk, we’ll begin restrictions on public use of the forest on Friday. These restrictions ban fireworks, exploding targets, campfires outside of designated locations, and other fire-prone activities,” said Mike Cafferata, ODF District Forester. “These restrictions respond to the extremely dry conditions we’re experiencing and to the Sunset Grade Fire, which we believe was started by one of these activities last weekend.”
The following restrictions on activities in the forest will apply starting June 19:
· Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in closed vehicles on improved roads.
· Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at designated locations. Use of wood-burning devices, used in conjunction with temporary dwellings, including tents and trailers, is prohibited. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
· Use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads and designated areas.
· Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling, except on state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one operational 2-½ pound or larger fire extinguisher.
· Use of fireworks is prohibited.
· Use of exploding targets is prohibited.
· Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited.